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Day 1.      Arrival in Delhi.
Upon arrival at Delhi International Airport you will be met by a member of our team at the airport along with coach and chauffeur and transferred to the hotel in New Delhi for your overnight stay.

Day 2.      Whole Day Delhi.
Full Day sightseeing: The main sights are Old Delhi, Red Fort and the Jama Masjid Mosque, a rickshaw ride through the Chandni Chowk visiting the Spice, Wedding and Silver Markets and the Birla Temple. A drive through New Delhi to see the Parliament Buildings of Sir Edwin Lutyens, India Gate, Humayun's Tomb and Qutub Minar. Return to your hotel for overnight stay.

Jama Masjid Delhi
Day 3.      Delhi - Mandawa
Leave Delhi for the beginning of your tour of Rajasthan. Your will drive to the Shekhawati region, famous for its painted Havelis and wild peacocks Afternoon visit to the Havelis in the surrounding villages of Nawalgarh, Dundlod and Mandawa itself. Return to your hotel for dinner and overnight stay.

Detail of a ceiling in Mandawa
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Day 4.      Mandawa - Bikaner
Morning drive through the Shekhawati towards the desert. Upon arrival in Bikaner, check in to your hotel. Your afternoon sightseeing will include a visit to the Junagarh Fort. One of the most interesting forts in Rajasthan, it houses the palaces of the royal family and a splendid museum. Also worth a visit are the Jain Temples of the brothers Sandeshwar and Bhandeshwar plus the nearby Neminath Sandeshwar Temple. Return to your hotel for overnight stay.

Junagarh Fort
Day 5.      Bikaner - Jaisalmer
Leave after breakfast for the drive west into the Thar Desert and the walled fortress town of Jaisalmer. This was once a stopping place on the silk route for the caravanserais from China to Saudi Arabia. Here you will stay for three nights, which can include a trip out to the desert with camel safari, bonfire, dinner and music.

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Day 6.      Jaisalmer
We suggest you include a visit to the sandstone havelis (merchant's houses). The most well known are the Patwon-ki-haveli, Salim Singh-ki-haveli and the Nathmal-ki-haveli. Further interesting sights are the lake, citadels, chhatris (monuments to the Maharajas) Jain Temples, the Fort and of course the bazaars. There are many rooftop restaurants in and around Jaisalmer where you can see the Fort itself, with it's 90 turrets fully illuminated at night.

Day 7.      Jaisalmer
A trip out to the desert is also suggested toDay. After a morning at leisure you could leave Jaisalmer late afternoon for the drive out towards the village of Sam. Here you can mount camels for a short camel ride which will take you to the sandunes at Sunset Point. Then ride back to the camp where you can have dinner before leaving for Jaisalmer and your hotel for overnight stay.

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Day 8.      Jaisalmer - Jodhpur
Morning drive to the blue city of Jodhpur. In the afternoon you will have the chance to visit the magnificent fort palace of Mehrangarh. Perched more than 300 feet above the city, it not only is a fascinating place to visit but affords incredible views over the city, which is painted blue. Overnight stay at your hotel.

Jodhpur & Mehrangarh Fort
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Day 9.      Jodhpur - Rohet
Leave at your leisure for the short drive (1 hour) south to the village of Rohet. This is the 16th Century home of the Champawat clan. The rooms are still decorated with frescoes but have all modern amenities and air conditioning. There is a lovely pool in the courtyard, the gardens are lush and the restaurant is open on the poolside. Rest of the Day at leisure.

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Day 10.      Rohet
Day as per your wishes. The hotel organises jeep safaris into the surrounding countryside and horse and camel safaris with a picnic lunch. Please ask the hotel for more details. Overnight stay at the hotel.

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Day 11.      Rohet - Ranakpur - Udaipur
Leave for Udaipur stopping on the way to visit the Jain Temples in Ranakpur. These temples were built in the 15th century in a stunning location and set amidst deep forest. Built on 1444 marble pillars, they are some of the finest examples of Jain architecture and not to be missed..

If you wish you can take lunch at the Fateh Bagh or Maharani Bagh, both located close to the Ranakpur Temples. Continue the drive south to Udaipur, built on the banks of Lake Pichola amidst the Aravali Hills. Overnight stay at your hotel.
Ranakpur TemplesLake Pichola
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Day 12.      Udaipur
Whole Day to visit Udaipur. We suggest a morning visit to the City Palace, the Jagdish Temple and the bazaars. Udaipur has many, selling hand made paper books, Indian clothing and silk sarees. The town is famous for its art schools where young boys are taught the art of miniature Moghul painting.
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Day 13.      Udaipur - Deogarh
Drive north after breakfast to the village of Deogarh for your stay at the Deogarh Mahal. This is a 17th century castle beautifully converted into a hotel. Built on a hilltop, it has battlements, domed turrets and balconies and dominates the town below. Afternoon at leisure. The hotel has a lovely swimming pool, jacuzzi and Ayurvedic massage centre. You could also take a jeep safari into the rugged countryside. Overnight stay at Deogarh Mahal.
Deogarh Mahal
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Day 14.      Deogarh - Pushkar
ToDay you drive north to the holy site of Pushkar. Built around a holy lake it is a place of pilgrimage for Hindus. Here the pilgrims perform their daily prayers and rituals. The lake is surrounded by more than 100 temples which all have ghats - staircases- leading down into the lake. Here you will stay at the Pushkar Palace, the only hotel on the lake itself. You can sit in their garden and enjoy the sites from there or take a walk around the lake. Overnight at the hotel.
Pushkar
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Day 15.      Pushkar - Jaipur
ToDay you leave Puhkar for the morning drive to Jaipur, capital of Rajasthan. This is a busy bustling city where the bazaars spill over on to the streets, to mingle with the handcarts, camels, elephants, scooters, rickshaws and tuk-tuks. It is lively and colourful and painted pink! Rest of the Day at leisure and overnight stay at your hotel.

Day 16.      Jaipur
Whole Day to sightsee and shop in Jaipur. Suggest you begin the Day with an elephant ride to the Amber Fort Palace, which is spectacular. Later you can visit the City Palace in Jaipur itself, the Hawa Mahal - Palace of the Winds and the Observatory. Jaipur is famous as a centre for carpet weaving - silk and wool - and also for Jaipur blue pottery, but probably best known for its exquisite gems and jewellery. A favourite place for lunch or dinner is the Raj Palace Hotel. Lunch is in the garden or the fabulous dining room and dinner is a BBQ on the terrace.
Jal Mahal Palace
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PLEASE NOTE:
Due to a fatal accident in Oct 2005 we are no longer recommending the elephant ride at the Amer Fort in Jaipur to our clients. You are strongly requested NOT to take an elephant ride even if one is offered. Anglo Indiago cannot take responsibility for any calamities which occur if the guest decides to take an elephant ride.

Day 17.      Jaipur - Fatehpur Sikri - Agra
ToDay you will leave after an early breakfast for the drive to Agra, stopping on the way to visit Fatehpur Sikri, the deserted capital city of Emperor Akbar. Visit the beautiful Dargah Mosque, the Buland Darwaza and the tomb of Shaikh Salim Chishti. Also the palaces of Akbar's women; Jodh Bal Palace for his Hindu mother, Birbal Bhawan for his favourite courtier and Golden House for his Christian wife. Also make a visit to the Karawan Serai which is a courtyard surrounded by hostels used for visiting merchants, the Paanch Mahal, the Treasury, the Diwan-I-Khas and the Diwan-I-Am.
Continue the short drive to Agra for overnight stay at your hotel.
Fatehpur Sikri
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Day 18.      Agra - Delhi
Morning sightseeing of the most beautiful sites of Agra; The Taj Mahal, the tomb of Mumtaz, beloved wife of the emperor Shah Jehan, the Red Fort and the exquisite Itimad-ud-Daulah, tomb of the wazir of Emperor Jehangir.
Taj Mahal
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Leave Agra early afternoon for the drive back to Delhi which will take approximately four hours. Just 4 kms after leaving Agra you will stop to visit Sikandra, the tomb of Emperor Akbar, the greatest of the Moghul emperors.

Please note: The Taj Mahal is closed every Friday
Upon reaching Delhi you will transfer to the Radisson Hotel where you can relax and have dinner before your final departure from the International Airport.
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Hands
City Premium Hotels Deluxe Hotels Nights
Delhi Claridges Imperial / The Oberoi 2
Mandawa Desert Resort Castle Mandawa 1
Bikaner Lalgarh Palace / Karni Bhawan Palace Gajner Palace - 30 km from Bikaner 1
Jaisalmer Gorbandh Palace Fort Rajwada 3
Jodhpur Ranbanka palace / Ajit Bhawan Palace Ajit Bhawan Palace - dlx room 1
Rohet Rohet Garh Palace Rohet Garh Palace 2
Udaipur Udaikothi Trident - Hilton / Shiv Niwas Palace 2
Deogarh Deogarh Mahal Deogarh Mahal 1
Pushkar Pushkar Palace Pushkar Palace 1
Jaipur Mandawa haveli Trident - Hilton / Samode Haveli 2
Agra Trident - Hilton Trident - Hilton 1
Delhi Transit room Radisson Hotel near airport Radisson Hotel near airport

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